We learned in a recent Mixergy interview that Groupon started as a single WordPress installation. So it’s only fitting that your WordPress installation be transformed into Groupon, right? It’s only fair.
The folks at GetShopped, along with help from the Zao Web Design team, has released Group Deals, an add-on for WP e-Commerce that allows for much of the functionality within Groupon itself, with an online WordPress shop. Custom post types are used for Vendors, Group Deal Purchases and the deals themselves. The plugin itself is showed off in a Twenty Ten child theme (seen above) that is sporting the Groupon look.
GetShopped’s Justin Sainton explains the current state of the plugin:
As mentioned, this is very beta, so definitely don’t use it on a live site. We’d love to hear from you on any major bugs you’re experiencing and any feature requests you think should make it into the first stable release. Some notable features that are not in this beta release that will be in the next beta release include integration with the WP_Cron class to email all subscribers when a new deal is ready to purchase and also to email all involved parties when a deal is expired.
The plugin and accompanying theme can both be downloaded from GetShopped.
Now, the question on everyone’s mind: At what point does it make sense for Groupon to go back to being a single WordPress installation again?